Nuptial pix bring big bucks

The Michael Douglas-Catherine Zeta-Jones nuptials are 11 days gone, but the money melody lingers on. reports that People has coughed up $800,000 for wedding photos to run in the issue out Friday. A magazine spokesman says the photo rights were purchased from Britain's OK! magazine, which reportedly paid $1.4 million to the newlyweds for exclusive lensing rights. The buy from OK! takes the smudge off claims of "checkbook journalism" with the look of just securing photo rights.

In 1991 People donated $500,000 to the American Foundation for AIDS Research in return for exclusive access to Elizabeth Taylor's wedding to Larry Fortensky.

Oprah to interview Carnahan

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey will interview Jean Carnahan, the widow of Gov. Mel Carnahan who is set to be appointed to the U.S. Senate, for a show set to air in December.

"One of the premises of the show is to highlight people who have overcome loss and have showed great personal strength in very difficult times," said Carnahan spokesman Tom Wyche.

Mrs. Carnahan's husband died in a plane crash Oct. 16 while running for the U.S. Senate. Also killed were their son, Roger, and longtime aide Chris Sifford. Carnahan, a Democrat, posthumously won a Senate seat in the Nov. 7 election and Missouri's new governor, Roger Wilson, pledged to appoint Mrs. Carnahan to the seat.

Bowie voted 'most influential'

David Bowie, the original pop-rock chameleon, was crowned the most influential musician in a survey of hundreds of recording artists, Wall of Sound reports. London-based weekly New Musical Express conducted "Under the Influence" throughout the year, asking hundreds of recording artists to pick the artists that inspired them most.

The 52-year-old glam rocker came in ahead of Radiohead (No. 2) and the Beatles (No. 3). Rounding out the eclectic top 10: rappers Public Enemy; jazz legend Miles Davis; German techno pioneers Kraftwerk; punk rockers the Sex Pistols; rapper Eminem; late singer-songwriter Nick Drake; and maudlin alt-rockers The Smiths.

Travolta pays his due

Actor John Travolta has agreed to pay $607,400 in back taxes to settle an IRS dispute dating back more than five years, according to court records.

Under a two-page settlement filed recently in U.S. Tax Court in Alexandria, Va., Travolta will pay slightly more than half the $1.1 million in back taxes and penalties sought by the IRS for the years 1993 through 1995.

Travolta agreed to pay only back taxes, not any penalties, records show. The amounts are $150,547 for 1993, $248,096 for 1994 and $208,757 for 1995.


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